When did you first realize you are an artist?
In grade school I did a bad drawing of an eagle but when I looked at the drawings the other kids were doing, I thought “wow, I guess mine isn’t too bad”!
What is your position at Blue Mountain and what is your background as an artist?
I’m a Senior Creative Developer. Growing up in Montana I used to paint landscapes and wildlife paintings, I also painted murals on the walls of businesses. At one point I even had a job painting decorative duck decoys at a log cabin in a very scenic mountain stream setting. A few years later, even though I knew nothing about computers, I landed a job creating electronic greeting cards while still going to art school. Nearly everything I’ve learned about electronic art has been on-the-job. I still love to paint with traditional tools as well as create art with the computer in my spare time.
What inspires you to create your designs and how do you keep motivated when things get tough in the studio?
Natural designs are amazing, I love to be in nature learning from masterful designs everywhere. The layers and movement of a landscape with plants, animals and people are inspiring. Recently I took a trip to the art museum with my family and realized all over again how the works of master artists across many cultures inspire me. I’m also inspired by the work of the artists and animators here at BMA. When things get tough in the studio I sit under my desk and cry. No, just kidding, I love a good challenge, it keeps things interesting and I’m thankful for the learning and growth that comes from trying to solve a difficult task.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
It would be great to still be creating art and animation with this excellent team. I keep hoping I won’t wake up from this dream job! I enjoy the work, the people and the atmosphere here at Blue Mountain.
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Figure out what your passions are and then follow them. I didn’t realize that I could make a living as an artist so I just floundered for a while until the day I got encouragement from a wonderful family that saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself and they guided me to follow my passion. Intelligently directed passion is the key ingredient for success. Two more important pieces of advice: Work hard and pray for guidance.
After the interview, we saw some of David’s favorite eCard creations, including ones he created for Thanksgiving. David was one of the creative masterminds behind’s this year’s Thanksgiving eCard headliners, “Magical Wishbone” and “Dueling Banjos.” He’s also animated such BlueMountain.com eCard favorites as “A Woman’s Heart” and “Heard it was Cake Time!” To read more about David, and see more of his beautiful animation work, visit his page in the BlueMountain.com artist gallery.
Thanks for a great interview, David!